Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
Fellowship: His Movement
He is the Head of the body, the church.
Colossians 1:18 (NKJV)
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body... But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you;' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor... God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Corinthians 12:13,20-26 (NKJV)
We are the body of Christ: a vibrant creation of movement.

Arms extend outward. Hands welcome strangers. Fingers do the work. Legs carry the load. Feet walk the distance. Eyes record wonders. Ears listen closely. Mouths communicate. Stomachs burn fuel. Bowels discard waste. Muscles furnish strength. Joints allow bending. Tendons link sections. Skin provides feeling. Clothing gives cover. Blood brings renewal. Hearts become tender.

Jesus is the Head.*

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Under the direction of Jesus, you are destined to move the world: To reach out, walk straight, look good, sound different, speak life, fuel goodness, reject evil, stir feeling, be flexible, lift others, work miracles, bring revival, tie together, move hearts and cover sins.

Being an entertainer is not enough. Your life is meant for more than amusement. You are a 21st century communicator. Your real job is drawing attention to Jesus.**

But what does our Head do with a non-cooperative body? A body with a big talk but small moves? I hesitate to consider it. So don't settle down. Instead, rise and shine.

## Fellowship: His Movement (Part 26)

* Every church member has a unique and valuable role in the body of Christ. I've listed only a few. As Paul said, what the world might consider 'lesser' jobs, God considers them greater. Because God loves humility. For instance, if you are a church 'kidney,' you might clean the building. If you think that's no big deal, what outsider would want to join a dirty church? If you're a church 'bowel,' you might eliminate trouble makers. You might cut out unnecessary expenses. Both jobs can save a church.

** Random House Dictionary definitions of entertain, perform and stimulate.

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 series called, 'Fellowship.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fellowship series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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